One of the things I enjoy the most about family Bible study is how fresh the text appears to me as I talk it over with my wife and children. If you do not practice this discipline let me urge you to gather your family together regularly to read, study, pray and sing together.

We try to do family worship/Bible reading around the dinner table. The last few nights we have been reading 1 Corinthians. In Chapters 2 and 3 Paul distinguishes between the wisdom of the world, which leads to division, and the wisdom of God, which is the mind of Christ. There two ideas are juxtaposed again and again in a very short space…

1 Cor 2:1 “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.”
1 Cor 2:6 “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.”
1 Cor 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

And others…

Keeping the wisdom of the world separated from the wisdom of God can be confusing for 10 to 15 year olds (and their father). As we talked about it though, one thing struck me afresh: Christ crucified!

We can spend a lifetime on 1 Cor 2:2 ”For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The rest of Corinthians is rooted in this wonderful truth.

How do you deal with divisive bothers in the Church? Jesus Christ crucified. Want to deal a mortal blow to your pride (4:6-7)? Jesus Christ crucified. Do you suffer? Jesus Christ crucified. Sexual immorality? Jesus Christ crucified. Church discipline issues? Start with the crucifixion. Lord’s Supper? Immodesty? Drunkenness? Power grabbing? The mind of Christ in all these situations is Him crucified.

We are gnostic at heart and the crucifixion was so, so, so time bound. It happened already, get over it! Wisdom to our carnal minds means getting beyond the basics of “Jesus died that I might live,” to the really deep things of God. It must be more difficult than that, right? Come on! I learned that on day one!

But to know Jesus Christ and Him crucified? That is wisdom. That is meat!

al sends


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